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NELSON WILMARTH ALDRICH 

Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich was born November 6, 1841, in 
Foster, R. I., and died in New York, N. Y., April 16, 191 5. He 
was the son of Anan and Abby Ann (Burgess) Aldrich and a 
descendant of George Aldrich, of Derbyshire, England, who 
came to America in 163 1. On his mother's side he descended 
from Thomas Burgess, of Sandwich, Mass. He married, October 
9, 1866, Miss Abby T. P. Chapman. 

Mr. Aldrich came to Providence at the age of nineteen years 
and was employed by Waldron & Wightman. Returning from 
service with the Tenth Rhode Island Volunteers in the Civil 
War, he was again employed by Waldron & Wightman and, later, 
became a partner in that firm. 

He was in the City Government several years, and from 187 1 
to 1873, was President of the Common Council. In 1S75 he 
was elected a member of the House of Representatives of the 
State and, in 1876 and 1877, was Speaker of the House. 

In 1878, Mr. Aldrich was elected Representative in Congress, 
and in 1881 he was chosen United States Senator, a position 
he held until 191 1, when he declined to be a candidate for another 
term. 

The story of Mr. Aldrich 's many activities, other than those in 
governmental work, is too long for mention here. An excellent 
and full notice of him appeared in the Providence Journal of 
April 17, 191 5, from which the foregoing has been largely con- 
densed. His library of Rhode Island books was the most extensive 
collection in private hands. 

He became a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society 
in 1874. 






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FRANKLIN CHASE CLARK 

Franklin Chase Clark, M. D., was bom in Barrington, R. L, 
and died in Providence, April 26, 191 5, at the age of sixty-seven 
years. He was the son of Edward T. and Maty A. Clark. 

Dr. Clark was graduated from Brown University in 1869, and 
from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York, and 
practiced his profession in Providence for more than thirty years. 
He married Miss Lillian D. Phillips. 

He was elected a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society 
in 1905. He was much interested in the local history of Provi- 
dence and compiled a very complete history of its early inns. 
He was interested, also, in the history of the inland fisheries of 
Rhode Island and gathered much information about them. 



HERBERT NICHOLAS FENNER 

Herbert Nicholas Fenner died in Providence, January 5, 191 5. 
He was born in Providence, March 13, 1843, son ot Nicholas 
Arnold and Deborah (Brown) Fenner. He married Miss Emma 
Frances Bray ton, daughter of Lodowick Bray ton. 

Mr. Fenner was educated in Providence and early in life entered 
the service of the New England Butt Company, of which he was 
the treasurer many years. He was also a director of the Industrial 
Trust Company and of the Joslin Manufacturing Company, and 
a member of many societies and clubs. He was elected a member 
of the Rhode Island Historical Society in 1901. 

Mr. Fenner was a descendant of Capt. Arthur Fenner, who 
purchased land in Providence in 1650, and, during a long and 
useful life, was elected to fill many important offices, civil and 
military, in the Colony and in Providence. 



' ROBERT IVES GAMMELL 

Robert Ives Gammellwas born December 30, 1S52, and died 
at his residence on Benefit Street, Providence, January 8, 191 5. 



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He was the son of Professor William and Elizabeth Amory (Ives) 
Gammell. He was graduated from Brown University in 1S72 
and received from that institution, in 1875, the degree of Master 
of Arts. After attending Harvard Law School one year, Mr. 
Gammell entered the office of Brown & Ives, where he was asso- 
ciated with the firm of Goddard Brothers, and, later, became a 
member of the firm of Brown & Ives. He was a director of the 
Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company and of the Providence 
Bank, to the presidency of which he was subsequently elected, 
and he was, also, a director of the Providence Institution for 
Savings. 

Other enterprises with which Mr. Gammell was officially con- 
nected were: the Taunton Locomotive Works, the Boston and 
Providence Railroad, the Lonsdale Company, the Blackstone 
Company, the Merganthaler Linotype Company, the Washington 
Insurance Company and several of the State insurance companies. 
Not long before his death he had been elected a director of the 
United States Trust Company of New York. 

Mr. Gammell was elected in 1890 a trustee of Brown Uni- 
versity and in 191 2 was elected its vice-chancellor. He was 
elected in 1903 President of the Rhode Island Hospital, of which 
he had previously been a trustee. In 1875 he was elected a 
member of the Rhode Island Historical Society and he was also 
a member of many associations, societies and clubs in Providence 
and other cities. 

Mr. Gammell married, February 28, 1878, Miss Eliza A. Hoppin, 
daughter of Francis Edwin Hoppin, of Providence. 

MISS GERTRUDE GOODING 

Miss Gertrude Gooding, M. D., was born in Bristol, R. L, 
July 18, 1855, and died there October 24, 191 5. She was the 
daughter of Josephus and Mary E. (Howland) Gooding. She 
was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and after teaching for a 
time practiced medicine in her native town, as well as, previously, 



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in Philadelphia and Boston. She was a descendant of Governor 
Bradford, of Plymouth Colony. She was elected a member of the 
Rhode Island Historical Society in 191 1. 



ADELOS GORTON 

Adelos Gorton was born in Watervliet, N. Y., April 14, 1848, 
and died June 21, 191 5, son of Reuben Ely and Minerva Eunice 
(Gardner) Gorton. He married, hrst, Emma Barringer and, 
second, Alice Potter. He was a descendant of Samuel Gorton 
who, with others, purchased Shawomet (Warwick, R. I.), in 1642. 

Mr. Gorton was author, editor and publisher. He was president 
of the Home Publishing Company, later A. Gorton & Co., book 
publishers. He compiled The Gorton Family of 960 pages, with 
nearly 14,000 names. He was a member of the University Lodge 
(Masons), of Philadelphia; the American Academy of Political 
and Social Science; the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; 
the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society; the Rhode 
Island Historical Society, etc. He was elected a member of the 
latter in 1907. His residence was in Philadelphia, Penn. 



GEORGE OLNEY GORTON 

George Olney Gorton was born in Providence, January 27, 
1835, and died in Providence, January 24, 191 5. He was the 
son of Capt. Nathan and Rhoba (Jackson) Gorton and was 
engaged in the jewelry business. 

Early in life he became interested in military affairs and at the 
outbreak of the Civil War enlisted as a private in Company C of 
the First Rhode Island Detached Militia, taking part in the first 
battle of Bull Run. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant of 
the Third Rhode Island Heavy Artillery and later, successively, 
First Lieutenant, Adjutant, Captain and Major of the same 
regiment; the last two positions he declined. 



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Later in life Mr. Gorton became interested in genealogical and 
historical research. 

He married, first, Miss Mary W. Carter, of Boston, and, second, 
Mrs. Lillie Brayton Tew. He was a descendant of Samuel Gorton 
who, with others, purchased Shawomet (Warwick, R. I.). He 
was elected a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society in 
1903. 



HENRY TYLER GRANT 

Henry Tyler Grant was born in Providence, April 22, 1846, 
and died in Providence, April 25, 191 5, son of Henry Townsend 
and Mary Mason (Howard) Grant. 

Mr. Grant's early occupation was that of manufacturer at 
Southbridge, Mass. t Later, he became interested in the insurance 
business, and at his death was President of the Mercantile Mutual 
Fire Insurance Company and of the Narragansett Mutual Fire 
Insurance Company. He was graduated from Brown University 
in the class of 1869, and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa 
Society. He was a member of the Providence Chamber of Com- 
merce, the Audubon Society, the Rhode Island School of Design, 
the Providence Athenaeum, the University Club and the Brown 
Union. 

He was elected a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society 
in 1 89 1, and at the time of his death, was its treasurer. 
- Mr. Grant married Miss Annie Manton February 3, 1872. 



WILLIAM ANTHONY HOPPIN 

William Anthony Hoppin, son of Francis Edwin and Eliza 
Harris (Anthony) Hoppin, was born in Providence, June 22, 
1844, and died at Mentone, France, January 27, 191 5. He married 
Virginia, daughter of Seth B. Wheaton. 

Mr. Hoppin was for many years Treasurer of the Providence 
Institution for Savings, resigning the position in 1899. He was a 



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member of the Hope Club and became a member of the Rhode 
Island Historical Society in 1897. 

Mr. Hoppin's earliest Hoppin ancestor in New England was 
Stephen Hoppin, of Dorchester, Mass., and he was a great-grand- 
son of William Jones, Governor of Rhode Island, 1811-1S17, 
whose membership of the Order of Cincinnati he inherited. 



ARTHUR LIVINGSTON KELLEY 

Arthur Livingston Kelley was born in Compton, N. Y., April 17, 
1858, and died in Providence, April 7, 191 5, son of Joseph H. and 
Samantha (Westcott) Kelley. 

Mr. Kelley came to Providence about thirty years ago and was 
connected with many manufacturing enterprises. In 1008 he 
was elected president of the Narragansett Electric Lighting 
Company and was a director of the United States Rubber 
Company. He was also vice-president of the Industrial Trust 
Company and was a director of the Providence Journal Com- 
pany and of several banks and other institutions. He was a 
member too, of the Hope Club, the Agawam Hunt Club, the Sons 
of the American Revolution and the Squantum Association. He 
married, in 1878, Lotta Persis Fuller. He was elected a member of 
the Rhode Island Historical Society in 1901. 



WILLUM MACKEY PECKHAM 

William Mackey Peckham was the only son of Reuben and 
Mary (Mackey) Peckham to survive childhood. He was born in 
Troy, New York, February 15, iS52,and died there May 11, 1915. 
He married, August 19, 1S74, Emily A. Peck, by whom he had 
four children. He was Secretary of the John A. Manning Paper 
Company and member of the State Street Methodist Church, 
which he served as trustee for twenty-six years. He was Past 
Master of King Solomon's Primitive Lodge, No. 91, Free and 



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Accepted Masons; Pas t-Thriee- Illustrious Master of Eloss Council, 
No. 14, Royal and Select. Masons, and Past Eminent Commander 
and Trustee of Apollo Commandery, No. 15, Knights Templar. 
He was elected a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society 
in 1899. 



WILLIAM CONRAD RHODES 

William Conrad Rhodes, son of George W. and Caroline M. 
Rhodes, was born in Providence, November 29, 1843, an d died in 
Providence, November 5, 191 5. He was graduated from Brown 
University in the class of 1864 with the degree of Ph. B. He was 
engaged in the wholesale drygoods business in New York for many 
years, and after retiring, devoted his time and energy to the 
direction of the music of St. Stephen's Church, Providence, 
organizing and developing the boys' choir and making it one of 
the best in the city. He was a member of the Society of Colonial 
Wars and of the Hope, University and Agawam Hunt Clubs. 
He was elected a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society 
in 1900. 



JOEL HERBERT SHEDD 

J. Herbert Shedd was born in Pepperell, Mass., May 31, 1S34, 
son of Joel and Eliza (Edson) Shedd, and died at his residence in 
North Smithfield, R. L, November 27, 1915. He was educated 
in the public schools of Massachusetts and turned his attention 
at an early age to the profession of civil engineering, in which he 
became eminently successful. After gaining experience elsewhere, 
he was called to Providence in 1S66, to study the question of 
building public waterworks for the city. An excellent report 
made by him, determined the hitherto reluctant people of Provi- 
dence to authorize the undertaking and he was appointed chief 
engineer under a water commission chosen for the purpose. 



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Besides his work upon the Providence waterworks Mr. Shedd 
accomplished much for the benefit of the State, having fiJied the 
position of head of the State Harbor Commission from its begin- 
ning, in 1876, until his death, as well as other offices. He was 
city engineer of Providence for seven years and member of many 
societies of civil engineers and other associations and clubs. He 
married, first, Miss Julis A. Clarke, of Newport, and, second, Miss 
Sarah Marble, of North Srnithfield. 

He was elected a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society 
in 1874. 



JAMES STUART SLATER 

James Stuart Slater was born in Slaters ville, R. I., April 23, 
1841, and died November 11, 1915, son of Stephen C. and Sally B. 
(Carroll) Slater. He married, second, Miss Evelyn Johnson, of 
Slatersville, R. I. He was educated in the public schools and at 
different times held the positions of town clerk, assistant post- 
master and assessor of taxes. He was a member of Company I, 
Seventh Regiment, R. I. Volunteers in the Civil War. 

The Providence Journal of November 12, 191 5, said of Mr. 
Slater: 

"He was an excellent penman and a deep student of Rhode 
Island history. It was he who 'pushed' the celebration of May 4th 
as Rhode Island Independence Day through the General Assembly 
in 1908. His research into historical subjects has brought to 
fight several valuable old documents and brought him into close 
touch with all the historical societies of the State." 

At the time of his death, Mr. Slater represented the town of 
North Srnithfield in the General Assembly. He was elected a 
member of the Rhode Island Historical Society in 1900. 






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